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Oracle economist: Android stole Java’s “window of opportunity”

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Rickey Cameron
May 18, 2016 22:46
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SAN FRANCISCO—An economist hired by Oracle was sworn in and took the stand in federal court today, opining that Google's use of Java APIs in Android shouldn't be considered "fair use."

Oracle lawyer Peter Bicks said he'd be interested in getting each side an extra half-hour of time, but Alsup said he'd only agree to take the time away from the limits set for the trial's damages phase.

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SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle CEO Safra Catz testified in federal court today that Oracle spends "hundreds of millions" of dollars promoting and supporting Java and that the investment was at risk because of Google and Android.

"Our whole business is based on the ideas and work that come out of programmers and employees heads and that they type into computer code," said Catz, speaking slowly and turning to look at the jury.

As for the mobile licensing business, since the launch of Android, it has performed "very, very poorly," Catz said.

Google presented its case first; it has the burden of proof since its defense is limited to "fair use."

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